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Policy generates comments
From ttiff Rtporto
UNL Chancellor Graham
Spanier told the Academic Senate
Tuesday that 22 comments about a
proposed sexual harassment and
discrimination policy have come
to the Affirmative Action office so
The Policy Statement on Sexual
Harassment and Discrimination
deals with issues ranging from
sexual harassment to university
Spanier said the comments have
included small details that were
easy to fix and large disagreements
that will be harder to address.
“The small stuff is easy,” he
The issue bringing in the most
comments are the sections on rela
tionships with a power differen
tial, Spanier said. A power differ
ential relationship can be a profes
sor/student or professor/adminis
trator relationship. The proposed
policy would require couples in
volved to report their relationships
to a supervisor.
“There are very differing points
of view,” he said. However, Spanier
said, all the comments made about
the policy could be accommodated.
Spanier said five of the com
ments were from organizations.
He said a final policy should be
ready next spring.
In other business, senate mem
bers were given a summary of the
task force report dealing with engi
neering education in Nebraska.
Many senators were not present,
and discussion on the report was
Decision raises questions
for engineering college
By Julia Sobczyk
Engineering professors had mixed
reactions to Tuesday’s news that Stan
Liberty will step aside from his job as
Liberty informed faculty of his
departure Tuesday in a letter.
For some professors, the news was
Maher Tadros, an engineering pro
fessor who teaches at the University
ofNebraska at Omaha, said he thought
Liberty was leaving because of the
conditions of his job.
“I think the situation of managing
a college that is divided by 50 miles is
a system that no one, no matter how
good he is, can manage,” Tadros said.
Roy Sneddon, an associate profes
sor of civil engineering, said the
change possibly was made as a solu
tion to recent controversies about the
“I’m sad to see him go, but I’m not
surprised,” Sneddon said. “Things
have been hectic. Some solutions are
to change the dean or the chair.”
But Sneddon said the timing of
Liberty’s departure would hurt the
“I think it will further confuse the
issue,” he said. “When things are
hectic, it’s nice to have someone there
you have confidence in.”
William Kelly, a civil engineering
professor, said the decision might be
connected to the upcoming regents
decision about creating a separate
engineering college at Omaha.
“Maybe they are connected some
how,” he said. “Most people are as in
the dark as I am.”
But, he said, it was too soon to
know the exact reasons.
“It will become clearer in the next
week or so,” he said. “Right now
there are a lot of unanswered ques
John Ballard, associate dean of the
college, emphasized the departure
wasn’t a resignation. Ballard said he
did not know why Liberty was not
reappointed, but he was surprised by
the timing of the announcement.
“There is enough uncertainty
now,” Ballard said. “I have no idea
what effect it will have. The faculty
will be very upset and dismayed.”
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NU administrators said Tuesday
central administration was not in
volved in the decision to remove Lib
erty. Smith did not return telephone
calls seeking comment Tuesday.
Loudon said he thought UNL was
sacrificing Liberty to prevent a sepa
rate college from being formed in
Omaha. Instead of getting a separate
college, UNO would get more money,
scholarships and expanded programs
under the new dean, he said.
“For Lincoln to win, the dean would
have to go,” Loudon said.
However, Liberty said the deci
sion was not part of any deal he made
to keep the state’s engineering col
lege intact at Lincoln.
Chancellor Graham Spanier said
Liberty was not asked to continue as
dean because it was time for new
leadership in the engineering col
“In looking to the future, the con
clusion was that it was an appropriate
time to have a new dean to lead us into
the new era,” Spanier said.
“Sometimes a new dean can pro
vide something an incumbent dean
cannot,” he said.
Pacifying Omaha interests didn’t
figure into the decision, he said.
“We don’t do business that way,”
he said. “We would not be comfort
able doing business that way.”
Spanier credited Liberty on lead
ing the college for more than 13 years.
And Spanier insisted Liberty had done
“You shouldn’t draw the conclu
sion someone wasn’t doing some
thing right,” he said.
Spanier said the decision not to
renew Liberty’s contract was reached
through a mutual understanding.
Joan Leitzel, senior vice chancel
lor for academic affairs, said she de
tided not to recommend Liberty for
another term after meeting with him
recently for a five-year review.
She said that her decision was not
motivated by the engineering debate
and that administrators were not forc
ing Liberty out of his job. But she
would not comment about what she
based the decision on.
NU Regent Rosemary Skrupa of
Omaha said she wasn’t surprised by
“The fact that he made certain
decisions probably led to him to be
evaluated less than 100 percent posi
tive,” she said.
Skrupa said Liberty was an able
administrator with integrity. How
ever, he often ignored engineering
needs at UNO.
Leitzel said she would choose an
interim dean before the first of the
A committee to conduct the na
tionwide search for a new dean will
be formed after the NU Board of
Regents decides this weekend whether
to create a separate engineering col
lege at Omaha.
Leitzel said that decision would
affect the number of UNO representa
tives on the committee. If the regents
create a separate college, UNO will
need its own search committee to find
a dean for its engineering college, she
Spanicr declined to say whether
an Omaha candidate was being con
sidered for the dean's position. He
also said he couldn't say whether the
interim dean would come from the
Lincoln or Omaha campus.
After Liberty leaves his position,
Leitzel said he would assist in the
development of the Technology Park.
> “That is moving quickly, and he
has experience and expertise,” Leitzel
Senior Editors Jeffrey Robb and Senior
Reporter Matthew Waite contributed to this
Continued from Page 1
Manslaughter charges, he said,
might deter police officers from abus
ing their power.
“You assault a police officer, and
you get time in jail,” he said. “Police
assault people and they don’t get any
thing when they are supposed to pro
tect and serve the community.”
Bartle said changing the charges
was a question of Nebraska statute.
“It has yet to be demonstrated to
me that I have any such authority,” he
County Attorney Gary Laccy said
he didn’t think Battle could change
the grand jury indictments unless the
special prosecutor knew of evidence
that wasn’t presented to the grand
Noreiga said respect for the His
panic community was part of what
prompted Intercultural Coalition
members to write up the petition.
“We can’t keep our eyes closed.
This is just a wake-up for all of us
Latinos to stand up and say enough is
enough,” he said.
Senior Editor Angie Uranium and The
Associated Press contributed to this report.
Continued from Page 1
and now we’ve got a Latino com
munity member dead,” Noriega
He said Veskrna should be
charged with at least third-degree
assault. Noriega said he wanted the
other officers involved in the inci
dent also removed from their jobs.
‘‘If they try to cover this whole
thing up, they don’t deserve to wear
the badge they wear,” he said.
Noriega said the petition still
was in the planning stages, and no
signatures had been collected.
UNL Police Chief Ken Cauble,
who had not heard about the peti
tion on Tuesday night, said the coa
lition had a right to file a petition.
He said he would be willing to
discuss the issue with any members
of the Hispanic community.
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